The Secret to Grilling the Perfect Filet Mignon

August 9, 2021
What if we told you that there’s an alternate—possibly better—way to cook filet mignon?

Whether the grill is your second home or you’re just starting out, you shouldn’t settle for anything short of perfection. When you think of cooking filet mignon, your gut feeling is probably to saute it in a cast-iron skillet with some butter. But what if we told you that there’s an alternate—possibly better—way to cook filet mignon?

When you cook a cut of filet mignon on a gas grill, you get a perfectly tender bite with a from-the-grill taste that your guests will flip for. To cook the perfect filet mignon, you have to focus on a few main things:

Buy the perfect cut of meat.

When it comes to filet mignon, it’s all about the quality of the cut. Filet mignon is known for its tenderness, but a poor cut can render each bite tough and undesirable. The Central Market Butcher Shop has high-end, restaurant-quality filet mignon options hand-selected by the chefs at Prime, Tellers, and H2O. The perfect cut ensures a gourmet experience right in your backyard.

Find the perfect seasonings.

Filet mignon is full of flavor, so you don’t need to overdo it with seasonings. Just a bit of salt and pepper will result in incredible flavor with every bite. When seasoning, timing is everything. If you salt the meat too early, it will actually dry it out. Season your cut just a few minutes before you place them on the grill.

Fire up the grill.

While your grill is getting up to temperature, let your filets sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to ensure an even cook. Once your gas grill is up to 450 degrees, brush some olive oil on the racks to prevent sticking. Then season your filet mignon and place it on the area of the grill with the most intense heat and close the lid.

Cooking time varies depending on the thickness of your filet. If your filet is 1-1 ½ inches thick, you won’t need more than 5 minutes of grilling on each side. But the key to the perfect filet mignon is the internal temperature. The internal temperature of a perfect medium-rare filet is 135 degrees. Take into account that once it’s removed from the grill, the internal temperature will rise 2-4 degrees more. Let the meat rest for another 5 to 10 minutes off the grill to allow the juices to flow back through the beef for the perfect cook and texture.

Once your filet is ready to eat, you can drizzle our creamy, fragrant Au Poivre sauce over your filet for a perfect balance of flavors.

Fine dining straight to your backyard.

There is no finer luxury than the perfect steak dinner. Whether you’re hosting the ultimate outdoor dinner party or you want to treat yourself to an unbelievable meal, our meal kits and select cuts make it easy to recreate fine dining at home.